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Hashem requires honesty, especially in child rearing

By Rabbi Baruch Lederman

Rabbi Baruch Lederman

SAN DIEGO –Hashem (G-d) promises the Jewish people that if we faithfully perform his commandments He will shower us with blessing. All of Hashem’s blessings and promises have great  meaning to us as the following true story related by Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky, documented by in a Yated Neeman article written by Rabbi Binyamin Pruzansky, illustrates:

Rav Yaakov Kamenetzky was once visited by an old talmid (student) and his family. After Rav Yaakov greeted them warmly and invited them inside, the talmid wanted to give his
rebbi some nachas. He decided to demonstrate how his fourteen-month-old daughter was learning to walk.

He placed her in a corner of the room and moved back some six feet, while he dangled some candy in front of her to encourage the child to walk toward him. Sure enough, the little
girl balanced on her little legs as she wobbled and toddled her way towards her father. Indeed Rav Yaakov shared the nachas. He broke out in a wide smile as he watched his
student’s little child achieve.

Suddenly, in order to extend the challenge, the proud father, still dangling the candy, moved back a few steps, making it necessary for his daughter to walk an additional few steps.

To his shock, Rav Yaakov’s smile disappeared immediately.

“You must return to where you were just standing and give her the candy in that spot!” said Rav Yaakov.

After the student complied and the little girl had her candy, Rav Yaakov explained:  “The baby was shown that she would receive her prize if she reached a specific area, but then
you changed the area. That is simply not honest. You are being untruthful and teaching her as well. Everything in a child’s chinuch (education) has to be based upon the truth!”

We need to know that Hashem is Kulo Emes (Total Truth). We can be confident that if Hashem makes a promise, He will keep that promise. He will never dangle, delay or
deceive us. We have complete confidence that all of His loving blessings will come to us at the proper time in the proper manner.

Dedicated by Rina Stein


Rabbi Lederman is spiritual leader of Congregation Kehillas Torah in San Diego

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